High-speed images of supercavitating underwater projectiles traveling up to and exceeding the speed of sound in water were captured using a variety of methods. These images reveal information on projectile flight behavior, stability mechanisms, cavity shape, and in-barrel launch characteristics. This information was used to understand the physics of supercavitating bodies, verify computer models, aid failure analysis, and produce projectile launch package design modifications. In the supersonic tests, projectile shock waves were revealed. Imaging consisted of standard video, 16-mm high-speed, laser illuminated motion pictures, high-speed gated intensified video, and stroboscope illuminated 35-mm still photography. Both front-lit and shadowgraph configurations were used.
Experiments in Fluids
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